Android deserves credit for keeping the fingerprint scanner alive. Malaysian YouTuber, Fazli Halim (who has already leaked details of the Pixel 6a that Google will launch on July 28), says the Pixel 6a's fingerprint scanner won't be a disappointment like a Pixel 6/6 Pro.
9to5Google published Halim's latest 14-minute look at the Pixel 6a over the weekend. The video shows off the mid-range smartphone's interface compared to the Pixel 6's, though 9to5Google reminds us that this isn't the final software build for the Pixel 6a.
The speed of things may seem faster, but until we get our hands on this smartphone, it's all conjecture. Halim shows off a quick comparison of the under-display fingerprint scanners on the Pixel 6a and Pixel 6 Pro at around the 5-minute mark.
The Pixel 6a unlocks twice in the time it takes to unlock the Pixel 6 Pro once. Nevertheless, the Pixel 6a falters a few times after that first test. In the second demonstration, the Pixel 6a requires three attempts to unlock. The Pixel's programming seems to require a bit more linger than other under-display fingerprint sensors.
Halim also tests the Pixel 6a against the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, although it's no surprise that Samsung's most powerful flagship outshines Google's upcoming mid-range device.
According to the bi-lingual translation I attempted with YouTube's subtitles, it seems there's 'nothing revolutionary.' It takes three attempts for the 6a to unlock. The Ultra unlocks so much faster. There is no need to display the scanning symbol on the screen in order for it to register the fingerprint.
The Verge reminds us that Rick Osterloh confirmed last month that the Pixel 6a will ship with a different fingerprint sensor than its predecessor. Hopefully, that will lead to better performance.
As a result of how frequently it faltered, I have completely disengaged the fingerprint scanner on my Pixel 6 and instead opted for traditional PIN unlock like in earlier Android releases.
Although Android is holding onto the fingerprint as its primary security line, Apple has completely replaced Touch ID with Face ID. I can anecdotally say that Face ID feels significantly faster than any fingerprint I've scanned on Samsung, Pixel, and even a OnePlus device.
Currently, only the iPhone SE has Touch ID embedded in the power button, and it is rumored to return to the main iPhone.In Halim's video, he talks about some of the camera features and shows us a bit of the interface.
However, this is not the final software build, so it should only be viewed with a grain of salt, even though we do have a spec list for the Pixel's camera.
Pixel 6a will be available on July 28 for $450. Pre-orders will begin on July 21. The phone will have 6GB of memory and 128GB of storage, as well as WiFi 6e, Bluetooth LE, eSIM, and contactless payments.
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